Prevalence of Gum Disease in US
A little pink in the sink when you brush or floss may not seem like a big deal at first. However, our Northridge dentist warns that gums that bleed easily can be a sign of gum disease, a potentially serious infection that can threaten your oral and overall health.
A survey performed by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that at least half of all Americans who are over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. The prevalence is more than 70 percent for Americans who are over the age of 65. The study, which was published in the “Journal of Dental Research,” concluded that periodontal disease is a serious and common public health issue. Gum disease is more common in men than in women, and minorities are more likely to be affected. Smokers and those with lower incomes and education levels are also at an increased risk.
Periodontal disease has been associated with gum loss, tooth sensitivity and tooth and bone loss. It has also been associated with cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis and pregnancy complications. Unfortunately, many people have gum disease and are unaware of it. Symptoms can be easy to miss in the early stages of the condition. Inflamed gums, receding gums, irritated gums, gums that bleed easily or chronic bad breath can all indicate the presence of gum disease.